Transforming Cultural Boundaries into Caring Connections
Nursing recognizes the need to maintain caring as the essence of nursing and articulates cultural competence as an increasingly essential component of care within a multicultural society. Strategies to enhance caring within culturally diverse student and client populations must be explored. The purpose of this study was to discover, describe and analyze the experiences of international and host national nursing students who participated in caring groups, an experiential strategy for learning caring. Using hermeneutic analysis, common meanings and shared understandings were sought. Findings included three constitutive patterns and several themes that illuminated the meaning of being in a caring group for participants. Results of this study provide evidence that this pedagogical strategy increased cultural sensitivity and consciousness, contributed to academic success, and encouraged personal and professional growth while creating communities of care among nursing students.
Journal of Nursing Science
Kosowski, M., Grams, K., & Wilson, C. (1997). Transforming cultural boundaries into caring connections. Journal of Nursing Science, 2(1-6), 83-96.